Serena succumbs to Sveta

Originally Published: June 3, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Four months ago, Svetlana Kuznetsova found herself serving for a place in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

She led Serena Williams 7-5, 5-3, but somewhere on the way to victory, the powerful Russian lost her nerve. Williams won 10 of the last 11 games, leaving Kuznetsova utterly Down Under.

The match confirmed the prevailing wisdom that Williams is mentally the toughest player on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour since Justine Henin's retirement -- and ...

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